The Shiraz and Mourvèdre grapes have been sourced from the Swartland and Wellington regions of the Western Cape. Vineyards of the Riebeek Valley in Swartland stretch along the lower contours of the Kasteelberg mountain. The soil is mainly Malmsbury shale with loamy soil on the higher grounds and sandy loam lower down the slopes, interspersed with rich Hutton soils. Low rainfall during summer, cool afternoon breezes, and cold winters allowing the vines to rest and build up the reserves means this area is perfect for viticulture. Nearby Wellington offers similar conditions and consists of diverse, ancient soil types. The mountain slopes, valleys, altitudes and aspects give great range of flavour profiles of the different cultivars and results in multi-dimensional wines. This wine is made of 80 % Shiraz co-fermented with 20% Mourvèdre. During fermentation the skin cap is punched down multiple times a day to maximise extraction. The result is a rich and dark wine, packed with fruit and chocolaty notes and a big savoury heart.
A bright, sandy nose with summer pudding, cloves and crushed raspberries. There is a rich attack of fresh, very red fruit on the palate which is at once vibrant and dark. A sensational blend from the Rhone home in South Africa (Swartland) together with helping of Wellington wonder.
A great partner to rich and savoury red meat dishes such as salt-marsh lamb, or a gutsy bean casserole.